Citizenship and PSHE Delivery 2020 – 2021


The Citizenship and PSHE curriculum is intended to equip pupils with the skills needed to become life-long learners and active citizens in their community and the world we live in.

The schemes of work have been planned in order to cover all aspects in the new Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education guidelines, giving pupils the breadth of understanding needed to move into the next stage of their lives as informed and as aware of their surroundings as possible.

The schemes of work also link to contemporary issues and discussions to ensure engagement and relevance to pupils in the modern world. It is intended that students learn how to be safe and healthy in a variety of aspects, and manage their social and academic lives in an increasingly complex world.

The curriculum has also been designed to incorporate a variety of skills that students need to develop to be successful not only in Citizenship and PSHE lessons and their future lives, but in other subjects at Studley High School. These skills will include the use of literacy and numeracy skills where possible, including the use of understanding articles in the media and the appropriate and sensible use of finances available to them. They will also include the ability to understand and critically evaluate current practices around the world, including different country’s governmental roles in human rights and peace organisations, the work of charities in a range of topic areas, and how different types of governments uphold their laws and values. Furthermore, there will be a lot of coverage on physical and mental health and wellbeing. All of these skills will support pupils to access their curriculums in a range of subjects including Religious Education, Physical Education, History, Geography, and Science.

In Citizenship and PSHE, students are taught using a range of resources and take part in a wide range of activities. Students explore the subject through group work, a large number of group and class discussions, and examples of case studies to support their learning. All resources used in lessons, especially with topics such as Sex and Relationships Education are delivered in a factual and impartial way. Numerous guest speakers and visitors are also invited in throughout the year for PD Days to support pupils’ learning and understanding further. Students use and develop a range of skills such as resilience, kindness, integrity, generosity, and honesty in their Citizenship and PSHE lessons. Student progress is facilitated through them studying a well-planned and exciting curriculum, and is measured through regular assessment for each topic studied. Individual student progress is continually assessed through teacher questioning and observation in the classroom.

Citizenship and PSHE is a compulsory subject at Studley High School. At KS3 lessons will cover predominantly Citizenship topics as outlined in the National Curriculum. They are exposed to some PSHE through PD Days, tutor time activities, and a couple of their modules which are delivered alongside their Citizenship modules. At KS4, the focus in all lessons, PD Days and tutor time is on PSHE content.

Citizenship and PSHE is not an assessed subject in the way that many other subjects are, however pupil progress in their understanding is still of paramount importance. Pupil progress is measured through regular review of content covered and by pupils completing recall tasks at the end of each lesson and module. What is equally important as pupil progress in their understanding of the content covered, is that students in Citizenship and PSHE develop a range of life-long skills such as resilience, confidence and independence and how to keep physically and mentally healthy. The skills that students develop in Citizenship and PSHE will enable them to continue in the next stages of their lives to further education, apprenticeships, and the world of work.

Key messages in the RSE guidance are also re-enforced through tutor times, our assembly programme, and where relevant, Science and ICT lessons.

Further information around the Department for Education’s statutory RSE content can be found here

Further information around the National Curriculum for Citizenship can be found here

For any queries, please contact Miss R Massey via the school reception or [email protected]

You can find our latest PSHE policy here